Retina Rocks, a new online, collection of open-source retina teachings, is now available at retinarocks.org. The website includes 22,000 multimodal images and 3,700 annotated references that are organized alphabetically by topic into approximately 360 sections. Major topics are subdivided as needed to make it easier to search for specific findings. The growing collection is case- and learning-centric and filled with images that include fundus photographs, fluorescein angiography, ultra-widefield imaging, OCT’s, fundus autofluorescence, and videos.
The images and cases that seeded the initial website were selected from over 30 years of patients seen at Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers in Louisville, Kentucky.
Retina Rocks lets users learn about a disease by browsing through publication-quality images. Many of the images are meant to tell a story or convey a “teaching moment,” exploring the multiple ways a disease changes over time, responds to treatment, or presents with a cool or unique finding, according to a company news release. Cases are often imaged throughout their progression, sometimes over decades. This information allows the practitioner to view the full temporal course of a disease or outcome.
Retina Rocks is unique because it not only allows users to view images about any topic, but to also easily view relevant journal article citation summaries at the same time. Keeping current with the retina literature for most of us is an ongoing effort in futility. New journals are continually being introduced and current journals get thicker and thicker. Researching a topic on PUBMED doesn’t allow for spotting key references or for quickly digesting what’s new globally for a topic of interest.
Each month, Retina Rocks pulls key clinical references from the major ophthalmic and retinal journals, providing a single line citation, including a brief summary of the article’s main points. The goal is not to be inclusive, but to capture all major clinically relevant references. The home page also has a continually updated snapshot of the current month’s retinal literature.
Users can freely view and download images for personal use, including patient education and personal lectures. Retina Rocks also encourages submissions, including examples of common entities or cases of rare disorders.
Retina Rocks hopes to continue to evolve and be an ongoing educational resource for the world’s eyecare and retinal communities. Anyone interested in helping contribute to and grow the platform should email email@example.com.